IMOKE, Sen. Liyel O

Born July 10, 1961

Ibadan, in the then Western Region of Nigeria (now Oyo State)


B.A., LLB., B.L;

Gender: Male
Name of Spouse
State of Origin: Cross Rivers State
Father's Name Dr Samuel Imoke
Mother's Name
Profession Legal Practitioner , Politician , Administrator
Working Experience Senator Liyel Imoke was the Governor of Cross Rivers State between May 2007 to May 2015.
Previous Appointments:

– Trade Consultant, Global African Trade Group lnc, Washington D.C, USA, 1982-86;

– Partner, International Law Office, Awah and Lloyd Ukwu, Washington D.C USA, 1985-88;

– Managing Consultant, MAT International Limited, Lagos, 1987-99;

– Associate, Ike Onyiuike and Co., Legal Practitioners, Lagos, 1988-90;

– Elected Senator, Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1992-93;

– Principal Partner, Liyel Imoke and Co, Lagos, 1990-99;

– Leader, Election Monitoring Team, Togolese National Elections, 1993;

– Delegate, International Legislative Conference, Ontario, Canada, 1993;

– Managing Consultant, Telsat Communications Limited, Lagos, 1993-99;

– Executive Director, Frident Petroleum and Gas Limited, Lagos, 1993-95;

– Executive Chairman, Value Mart Limited, Lagos, 1995-99;

– Director, Millennium Investment Trust Limited, Lagos, 1997-99;

– Special Adviser to the President on Utilities, Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999-03;

– Member, National Electric Power Authority Technical Board, 2000-01;

– Peoples Democratic Party Campaign Organisation, Cross River State, 2003;

– Minister of Power and Steel, 2003-07;

– Elected Executive Governor Cross Rivers State, May 2007- May 2015;


– Member, Chartered Institute of Public Administrators of Nigeria;
– Member, Nigerian Bar Association;

– Senate Committees on Foreign Affairs, Police Affairs, Services, Judiciary;
– Chairman, Transition and Policy Review Committee, Cross River State, 1999;
– Member, Presidential Committee on OMPADEC, 1999-2000;

SCHOOLS ATTENDED: Sancta Maria Primary School, Enugu; Ireti Primary School, Lagos; Government Primary School, Itigidi; Mary Knoll College, Okuku, Ogoja, 1973; Federal Government College, Enugu, 1973-77; University of Maryland, USA; 1978- 82; University of Buckingham, England, 1983-85; American University, Washington DC, 1986-87; Nigerian Law School, Victoria Island, Lagos, 1987-88.


– Peoples Democratic Party (PDP);


– Medal of Honour for Distinguished Service, by Cross River State Government 2000;
– Presidential Merit Award by the Nigerian Society of Engineers, 2001;
– Distinguished Alumni Award by Federal Government College, Enugu, 2002;
– Distinguished Alumni Award, by Nigerian Law School Class of 1988, 2003;
– Distinguished Award for Excellent Performance in the Nigerian Public Service by the Chartered Institute of Public Administrators of Nigeria, 2003;


– Doctor of Law (honoraris causa), Imo State University, 2009;


In 2011, during his administration as the governor of Cross River, Sen. Imoke initiated a pet project initiated called the Bridge Leadership Foundation, which was set up to raise a community of inspired, equipped and influential young leaders, who lead themselves and others.

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